Steve Lopez represents consumers, employees and whistleblowers who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. He has prosecuted a variety of consumer protection cases ranging from false advertising to defective products, as well as complex employment cases involving misclassification and wage and hour claims brought under state and federal laws. Steve is also involved in the investigation and development of new cases.
He is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California, and was selected from a statewide pool of applicants for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Academy, a prestigious training program aimed to educate the next generation of progressive leaders.
Steve is a 2014 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was a Publishing Editor for the California Law Review and an Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. He was also a member of the La Raza Law Students Association and the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center’s Berkeley Workers’ Rights Clinic.
Prior to law school, Mr. Lopez performed research for a consulting firm dedicated to improving justice programs. He received his B.A. in economics and international relations from the University of Virginia in 2008.
Consumer Protection and Personal Injury
Velasco v. Chrysler Group LLC – Member of the litigation team that represented consumers who alleged they were sold and leased vehicles with defective power control modules that caused vehicle stalling. The lawsuit resulted in a recall of all 2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles, as well as reimbursements for all repair and rental car expenses, and extended vehicle warranties.
In re Hyundai Sonata Engine Litigation – Representing plaintiffs who allege that their 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonatas suffered premature and catastrophic engine failures due to defective rotating assemblies. The Court granted preliminary approval to a comprehensive settlement in June 2016.
Southern California Gas Leak Cases – Member of the litigation team representing residents of communities in or near the Los Angeles suburbs of Porter Ranch who were affected by the Aliso Canyon well rupture and ensuing gas leak, the largest methane leak in U.S. history. The lawsuits seek relief for those who were displaced from their homes, suffered illnesses and injuries, sustained property value losses, or lost business due to the leak.
Smith v. Family Video Movie Club, Inc. – Member of the litigation team representing the interests of hourly retail employees who alleged they were not properly compensated for all wages and overtime earned. The Court recently certified a class.